In Religion this week, we continued with our exploration of Genesis by discussing God’s promise to Abram. We also reviewed the Ten Commandments. Next week we will continue learning about Abraham and also discuss Sodom and Gomorrah. Students will have their next memory verse quiz on Friday, October 3.
“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” (Romans 12:18).
We began science this week by having a nature walk around the school looking for organisms. After our nature walk, students were asked to draw and classify ten organisms that they saw during our walk. We used this discussion to begin our scientific focus for this week, the system that scientists use to classify organisms. Students learned about kingdoms, phylum, class, order, genus, and species. Next week, students will be focused on learning about the functions of plant parts and the life cycle of plants.
In Social Studies this week, students learned how to describe the relative location of the United States in terms of its location to Canada, Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. Students also learned about absolute location and how to use latitude and longitudinal coordinates to locate various cities in the US on a map and globe. Next week, students will learn about various landforms present in the United States.
In Math this week, students reviewed place value and had their first assessment on place value that was sent home earlier this week. Students also practiced real world applications of addition and subtraction using story problems. Next week, the fourth graders will be focused on reviewing addition and subtraction with three digit numbers. Fifth graders will be introduced to multiplication.
In Language Arts this week, both grades were focused on making connections and inferences as they read. Next week, fourth graders will practice using fix up strategies to determine unknown meanings of words. Fifth graders will be focused on making judgments as they read. Please encourage your child to read at home in order to practice these comprehension strategies and to work towards their AR goal for the trimester.
Please remind your students to study their spelling words. If they spell all of their words correctly on the Monday pretest, they will be exempt from the test on Friday.
4th Grade Spelling Words: (Long and Short o and u)
5th Grade Spelling Words (vowels before r)
Fifth Grade Band
Band will be offered for interested fifth graders on Wednesday afternoons from 3:05 to 4:00 at Riley Elementary School. Parents will be required to transport their child. If your child is interested, please contact Bill Clemens, the St. Johns Public Schools representative from Marshall Music at (517)652-3483 as soon as possible. Mr. Clemens will set up a meeting with you at your house to discuss your child’s instrument selection. Please contact Shirley Reis at (517)290-3382 with any additional questions.
Scholastic Book Orders
October book orders are due Friday, October 17. Our classroom online order code is NB66T. Ordering online benefits our class and provides opportunities to expand our classroom library.
There is a PTL meeting on Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30. All adults are welcome to attend.
PTL Fundraiser Kickoff
The PTL Fundraiser Kickoff will be held on Friday, October 10. Additional details to come.
St. Peter Church and School Silent Auction
The Silent Auction fundraiser will be held on Saturday, October 11 at 6:00. All adults are welcome to attend! The registration ticket orders as well as unsold tickets are due by Wednesday, October 1. Please contact Tammy Hartner at (989)227-9079 with any questions about the Silent Auction.
Andy T’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Andy T’s will be hosting a free pumpkin picking on Sunday, September 28 between noon and 6 p.m. Return the decorated pumpkin to Andy T’s on either Thursday, October 9 or Friday, October 10. The contest winners will be announced on Sunday, October 12. Hotdogs and hayrides will be available between 4 and 7 p.m. as well.
MSU Early Childhood Workshops
St. Peter will be hosting a series of Early Childhood workshops through collaboration with the MSU Extension Office. The first workshop will be held on Monday, September 26 from 6:00-7:30. This workshop is titled Emotion Coaching. This workshop aims to: help parents learn the different types of emotions young children experience, the timeline for their development, how important it is to value the emotions of children, techniques for using emotion coaching with children, and how to help children understand their emotions and reaction to the emotions of others. Each workshop has a registration fee of $5.00. If you are interested, please contact Mary in the main office at (989) 224-3178.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
God’s blessings for a great week!